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What am I doing when I edit your photos?

Updated: Feb 1, 2020

I get many questions about editing and the best way to explain what I do is to show you! Many people will ask, "Is it really necessary to edit pictures?" Or, "How do you edit?"

Quick answer, yes it is necessary. While I always aim to get the photo as beautiful as possible in-camera using manual settings, the camera can only do so much to accentuate all of the captivating details in the frame. I think we can all agree that this second image is much more charming than the first. If you disagree, then maybe I'm not doing my job correctly (oops!).By increasing the exposure (how bright the image is), adjusting skin tones, lifting the shadows a little, and warming the temperature of the image, I've enhanced all of the attractive qualities of the photo.

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A main focus of mine while I'm editing your photographs is to adjust skin tones to make them as realistic and flattering as possible. Notice in this first image, little Wren's skin looks a little orange. At first glance, it may look okay but compared to the second edited image, it's slightly unflattering. In this image, I also removed a few distracting wrinkles from the backdrop. Much better, don't you think?

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Another reason that photographers will edit their photos is to fix human error. This first photo is nearly perfect. Lighting was great this day so there weren't any major changes that needed to happen with exposure or colors but it almost looks like Jonas & Ivy are about to slide right out of the frame! I don't know about you, but this unbalanced horizon line drives. me. batty. If you want to make my stomach churn, show me a professional photo with an uneven horizon. It sure is an easy fix, though!

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This last photo is another example of how a few minor adjustments to exposure and coloring can improve the overall lure of the image. The most important thing about each photographer's editing process is to establish their personal style. Without this, every photographer's image would look generally the same. When you hire a photographer, you hire their ability to frame and capture a photo but you also hire them for their editing style and the feel that they give their images.

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If you would like to know more, I recommend checking out Lindsey Roman's blog post that really captures the essence of the value that an photographer's personal edit gives an image.

https://lindseyroman.com/why-photographers-wont-give-out-raw-files/


If this answered questions for any of you or if you have questions that were left unanswered, I'd really love to hear from you! Comment below or shoot me an email.

Thanks, you rock!


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